Below are tips from Jack Perry’s THE RESPECT FACTOR® to help those on the journey of -maintaining multiple credentials.
Tip 1: Determine which credentials you need.
Pick your desired certification(s). In order to attain the BOC certification, an individual must complete an entry-level athletic training education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and pass the BOC certification exam.
The ATC® credential is a broad-based entry-level credential encompassing prevention, immediate care, evaluation and diagnosis of injuries, treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of the physically active providing maximum flexibility to match your knowledge and skill to the marketplace.
Tip 2: Make a commitment.
If you don’t use it, you lose it. The 2006-2011 Recertification Requirements outline the requirements to maintain your BOC certification. The requirements include information about completing the continuing education (CE) requirements, meeting the emergency cardiac care (ECC) requirements, submitting the BOC recertification fee and adhering to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice.
Tip 3: Display your credentials.
Holding the ATC® credential is a privilege, not a right. Display your certificate/plaque to assure the public you meet minimum competence. Publicize your status as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) by sending a press release to your local newspaper. Email BrittneyR@bocatc.org if you wish to request an official press release on BOC letterhead.
Tip 4: Stop making excuses.
What are you doing to promote the professions for which you hold a credential? The BOC has many volunteer opportunities that will help you give back to the AT profession while shaping the future.
After earning a credential, it is imperative to know how to maintain a practicing credential. We know that most credentials are associated with continued education requirements and fees. Not all credentials hold the same recertification requirements, even in the health care arena. It can be challenging and confusing to keep all of the rules and regulations straight.
Many providers of continuing education offer programs to a variety of professionals but may not advertise this. The majority of orthopedic and sports medicine societies are BOC Approved Providers. Check our alphabetical listing of providers to see if you can meet the obligations for more than one credential by making informed choices of continuing education providers. Most importantly, you can Be Certain™ that we at the BOC are here to help you and answer your questions. We stand behind you and your ATC® credential.
Written by: Jessica O'Neel, MS Ed, ATC